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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Several Political Prisoner of Rejaei Shahr Prison in Karaj City boycotted the Presidential Election In Iran !



According to Zamaneh news , Several political prisoners in a statement released from Rejaei Shahr prison in the city of Karaj boycotted the presidential election in Iran and called it a " stage show"  and a " fake election " by the  regime .

They said in their statement that: There is no difference between Rohani and Raeisi both have the blood stein of people in their hands.

The statement reads : We the political prisoners of the Gohardasht - Karaj prison hand in hand and united boycott this stage show election by regime and demand for a free election under the international observers .



Link:
http://news.gooya.com/2017/05/post-3798.php





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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Election And The Apartheid Of The Islamic Regime Towards Bahai's .......


None of the candidate speak about the systematic violation against the rights of Bahai's. Iranian Bahai's does not  enjoy the same rights as the rest of the Iranian citizens. Bahai leaders after many years are still in prison. Bahai's are being prosecuted just because of their faith. Violation of human rights when it comes to Bahai's are unbearable . It is in fact the Apartheid policy of moderate and fundamentalists, both candidates in the  Islamic regime towards the Bahai's. 

Both of the candidates ,the moderates and the fundamentalists are promising to work on economic policies and none of them talking on political development in Iran which our country need the most. Years after years the candidates and the government officials were talking on economic policy and none ( except a short period when Khatami was the president) on helping to develop the civil society in Iran. 
Because of this Apartheid policy , the Iranian Bahai's live in constant fear . Families don't know when their children go out will come back home safe. 

UN and the rest of the world must put the Islamic regime ( moderate no exception) under pressure for what the regime is doing on one of its minority faith citizens the Bahai's.

Iran Watch Canada have always monitored these violations and hoping this will stop immediately .

  

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Mohammad Sediq Kaboudvand The Iranian Kurdish Human Rights Defender Is Released From The Prison

According to news , Mohammad Sediq Kaboudvand Iranian Kurdish Human rights defender in Kurdistan and a journalist is released from prison after spending 10 years in prison for just founding and defending human rights in Kurdistan and Iran.

Mr. Kaboudvand was greeted by her friends and family members after being released from prison.
Mr. Kaboudvand was in prison and the prison official did not allow him to visit his son who was diagnosed with cancer , therefore Mr. Kaboudvand went on hunger strike for 59 days when he was allowed to visit his son.
Mr. Kaboudvand was sentenced by the infamous Judge Moghiseh and he was charged with breaching national security and disturbing the public thoughts by writing article in " Payam Mardom "Weekly.

Iran Watch Canada:  Is Happy that Mr. Kaboudvand Is Released from Prison but believes the regime must be taken accountable for all the things happened on Mr. Sediq Kaboudvand who as a journalist and human rights defenders did what every Iranian should do to defend the human rights .

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29 Members of EU Parliament Urge Iran to Release Detained Journalists and Activists Ahead of 2017 Elections




Ahead of Iran’s elections on May 19 for president and local councils, 29 members of the European Parliament have written a letter to Federica Mogherini, the representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy and vice-president of the European Commission, urging the EU to call on the Iranian government to stop the pre-election intimidation campaign against journalists and activists and ensure a free and fair vote for the people of Iran.
“Already, there is additional repression taking place in the run up to the elections,” write the MEPs. “The Iranian authorities should protect journalists and civil society actors and must allow full access to the internet and social media platforms, in line with the use by the leadership of the Islamic Republic itself, which is fervently communicating online,” wrote the MEPs. “The authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran should institute all necessary measures to respect their international and domestic obligations to guarantee free and fair elections.”

Letter to High Representative Mogherini
13 May 2017
Brussels, 12 May 2017
Honourable High Representative, Federica,
We, the undersigned Members of European Parliament supported the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as well as the ongoing development of a broad agenda for EU-Iran relations. We recognise the leadership by the EU in facilitating the JCPOA negotiations, as well as in seeking ways to make sure the lifting of sanctions benefits the population in Iran. Their rights and wellbeing have always been at the core of our concern, and remain so today.
On May 19th, the Presidential elections are scheduled to take place in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The outcome of these elections will have a profound impact on the future of the Islamic Republic, and as a consequence on EU-Iran relations as well. It is essential that these elections are free and fair, and that they are monitored by independent observers.
Already, there is additional repression taking place in the run up to the elections. There have been numerous summons and arrests of journalists, activists and students. Intimidation also occurs. Activists have expressed fears of an intensification of the current crackdown, with the blocking of means of communications and filtering of online platforms. Recently, journalists and administrators of twelve groups on Telegram were arrested by the Revolutionary Guards Intelligence Organization and the Intelligence Ministry. After that, Telegram’s Voice Call Service has been shut down. Despite systematic restrictions to speech, and to accessing the open internet, social media channels have remained important means for people to connect with each other. The unjustly detained journalists, political prisoners and Telegram group administrators should be released from detention.
The Iranian authorities should protect journalists and civil society actors and must allow full access to the internet and social media platforms, in line with the use by the leadership of the Islamic Republic itself, which is fervently communicating online. The authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran should institute all necessary measures to respect their international and domestic obligations to guarantee free and fair elections.
We call on you to convey to your counterparts and to the other relevant authorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran that further development of the relationship between the EU and Iran can only be successful when accompanied by respect for the rights and wellbeing of people in Iran.
Sincerely,
Marietje Schaake (ALDE)
Ana Gomes (S&D)
Barbara Lochbihler (GREENS/EFA)
Tunne Kelam (EPP)
Helga Stevens (ECR)
Damiano Zoffoli (S&D)
Nathalie Griesbeck (ALDE)
Ana Fotyga (ECR)
Julie Ward (S&D)
Kati Piri (S&D)
Sophie in ‘t Veld (ALDE)
Renate Weber (ALDE)
Jytte Guteland (S&D)
Brando Benifei (S&D)
Robert Rochefort (ALDE)
Boris Zala (S&D)
Gerard Deprez (ALDE)
Julie Girling (ECR)
Frederique Ries (ALDE)
Csaba Sogor (EPP)
Marian Harkin (ALDE)
Nessa Childers (S&D)
Beatriz Becerra (ALDE)
Dietmar Koster (S&D)
Jordi Sole (GREENS/EFA)
Javier Nart (ALDE)
Ivan Stefanec (EPP)
Norica Nicolai (ALDE)
Hilde Vautmans (ALDE)

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Monday, May 08, 2017

Atena Daemi On Her 30th Days Of Hunger Strike .............She Was Transferred To The Hospital...

According to newsboy HRANA , Atena Daemi the imprisoned human rights activist was transferred to a hospital outside of the Evin prison due to deterioration of her health. After several tests she was returned again to the prison.

Because of the hunger strike, she has lost 12 kilograms of her weight . She started the hunger strike in protest against the arrest of her sisters and creation of a political case file against her family members by the security forces.

According to report from doctors she suffers from severe kidney infection.
She is been detained in the women ward of the Evin prison.
Aetna said ; she will continue her hunger strike until the judiciary drop the case files against her family members.

Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/news.jsp?essayId=79833




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Rahmatollah Jamshidi Larijani known as Iraj Jamshidi The Editor In Chief Of The Asia Economic Newspaper Is Arrested .......


According to news from Keyhan of London  , Journalist Rahmatollah Jamshidi Larijani known as Iraj Jamshidi the editor in chief of the Asia Economic Newspaper is arrested today Monday at his home . He was arrested this morning , when leaving his house .

Navid Jamshidi son of Iraj Jamshidi on speaking with Keyhan of London said: This morning three to four security agents together with a police officer arrested him while he was leaving the house and they have taken him to the prosecutor's office at Khark street and reason for his arrest is unknown .

Before the revolution Iraj Jamshidi had activities in journalism and he had activities with Khosro Golsorkhi's group which was consist of 12 members reading Marxist materials.

Iraj Jamshidi who was first sentenced to death by Shah's military court but later dropped the death sentence to 10 years imprisonment due to him expressing remorse . The group was accused by the regime of Shah for hostage taking of Shah's family members. Two members from that group were sentenced to death Khosro Golsorkhi and Keramatollah Daneshian .

It is been speculated that Rahmatollah Jamshidi Larijani is the cousin of Sadegh Amoli Larijani and Ali Larijani the speaker of the parliament.

Link:
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Sunday, May 07, 2017

U.N. holds lavish NGO forum in Saudi Arabia as rights activists languish in prison


GENEVA, May 7, 2017 – A foundation run by the Saudi royal family hosted a U.N. global forum for non-governmental organizations in Riyadh last week, on the theme of “Youth and their Social Impact,” even as young bloggers and human rights activists like Raif Badawi languish in prison for the crime of advocating freedom in Saudi Arabia. Speakers included UNESCO chief Irina Bokova, Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. 

(Related: controversy continues to swirl in Ireland, Belgium and Sweden, over those governments' actions in electing Saudi Arabia to the U.N.'s women's rights commission.)
Regrettably, UNESCO, the U.N. agency for education, science, and culture, mentioned nowhere at its 7th International Forum of NGO, or on the conference website, that Saudi Arabia prohibits independent NGOs and arrests, jails and even sometimes flogs human rights activists.
Women attending the forum were instructed to “wear an Abaya, which is a long robe, usually black, that covers most of their body.”
The UNESCO gathering was sponsored by the wealthy MiSK Foundation, a Saudi charity, “even though,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch, “that it is headed by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the Saudi minister of defence who has overseen the bombing of Yemen that has killed 10,000 civilians and wounded 40,000 civilians, along with a naval blockade that has diverted ships carrying life-saving medical supplies, with 20 million Yemenis now in need of humanitarian assistance, and seven million facing starvation.”
“UNESCO chief Irina Bokova should apologize to the family of Raif Badawi and other Saudi political prisoners," said Neuer.

"We know that the U.N. must operate in many countries, but the world body was under no obligation to award what amounts to a false badge of international legitimacy to one of the world’s worst regimes when it comes to crushing independent human rights organizations and jailing innocent activists,” Neuer added.
“By holding a high-level gathering of non-governmental activists in Saudi Arabia, the U.N. showed contempt for the heroic Saudi human rights activists who are arrested, imprisoned or flogged, and it gave a prize to a regime that tramples the rights of women, along with the freedoms of religion, assembly, speech, press, and the values of democracy, equality and the rule of law,” said Neuer.
Saudi law allows for the banning of any organization that the government opposes, on grounds that it may violate “Islamic Sharia,” “public manners” or “national unity.” A new statute bars NGOs from participating in events outside the country, receiving foreign funding, or collaborating with international organizations without government approval.
Human rights activists such as Abdullah al-Attawi and Mohammad al-Oteibi were targeted in October 2016 for prosecution for having founded a human rights organization.
According to UNESCO, the event drew more than 400 NGOs and over 2,100 delegates from more than 70 countries. The Saudi foundation was thanked for its generosity.

Saudi Arabia Convicts Human Rights Activists

Despite claimed social reforms, Saudi authorities regularly target peaceful dissidents with arbitrary arrests, trials, and convictions. Dozens of human rights activists are serving lengthy prison sentences for criticizing authorities or advocating social, political or human rights reforms.

Over a dozen prominent activists are serving long prison sentences for their advocacy. Waleed Abu al-Khair is serving a 15-year sentence for 2014 comments he made on social media about human rights abuses. Raif Badawi is serving the fifth year of his 10-year sentence; he was flogged in January 2015. Journalist Alaa Brinji was recently sentenced to five years in prison and an eight-year travel ban for tweets criticizing religious authorities and supporting women’s rights and the cause of jailed human rights activists.
Last year, the kingdom jailed nearly all the founders of the banned Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA). The country’s terrorism tribunal convicted ACPRA activists Abd al-Aziz al-Shubaily and Issa al-Hamid to eight and nine years in prison respectively, in addition to lengthy travel bans based solely on their peaceful pro-reform advocacy.

Saudi Arabia’s Law on Associations Bans Advocacy NGOs

  • Barriers to Speech and/or Advocacy: Advocacy organizations, and political activity more broadly, are prohibited.
  • Barriers to Activities: Broadly restrictions on permissible and impermissible purposes. Invasive supervision and monitoring of internal affairs. Must comply with Islamic Sharia.
  • Barriers to International Contact: Domestic associations and foundations must obtain government 

  • approval to participate in activities abroad, provide services outside Saudi Arabia, or become members of international organizations. Foreign associations and foundations are prohibited from opening branches inside Saudi Arabia.
  • Barriers to Resources: Associations and foundations may only receive foreign funding with the approval of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.
  • Barriers to Assembly: No constitutional protection of the right to hold assemblies; punishment for protesters often based on fatwas; excessive force used to break up protests.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Shirin Ebadi: Iran’s 2017 Presidential Hopefuls Have Unacceptable Human Rights Records

Not one of the candidates running for Iran’s presidency has an acceptable human rights record, Iranian Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) in a recent interview .
Ebadi said she was especially appalled by the candidacy of Ebrahim Raisi, who served on a committee that implemented the executions of thousands of political prisoners in 1988.
“His involvement in atrocities and the massacre of prisoners because of their political or religious views in the 1980s will not be forgotten,” said Ebadi, who defended activists and dissidents as a human rights lawyer in Iran.
“They sent waves of young people to their graves for their views against the state and would not tell their families where many of them were buried,” added Ebadi, who was forced to flee Iran in 2009 because of her profession.
On May 19, 2017, Iranians will elect their president from among six candidates: current President Hassan Rouhani; current Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri; the current custodian of the wealthy Astan Quds Razavi religious institution, Ebrahim Raisi; former vice president Mostafa Hashemitaba; the former mayor of Tehran, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf; and former Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Mostafa Mirsalim.
The majority of the estimated 4,500-5000 people who were killed during the summer of 1988 were members of the opposition group, the Mojahedin-e Khalgh (MEK).
“My husband’s brother was 17 when he sold the Mojahed newspaper at his high school,” Ebadi told CHRI. “Back then (in the early 1980s), Mojahed was a legal publication, but nevertheless he was arrested after the school principal told on him to the Intelligence Ministry.” 
“He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in an unfair trial without having access to a lawyer. He was in prison for seven years and then in 1988 his family received a phone call that he had been executed, even though he had only been sentenced to prison,” said Ebadi, who was forced to leave Iran because of her occupation in 2009.
“The authorities refused to say where the young man had been buried and warned his mother not to hold a memorial ceremony,” she said. “Of course, the family did not listen and they did hold a special gathering for him. Then, a year later, the authorities identified his grave.”
The Iranian government has never acknowledged that the mass executions, mostly by hanging, took place in 1988. Many of the victims were buried or dumped in unmarked graves and many families were never told where their loved ones were buried.
In August 2016, Ahmad Montazeri, the son of the late Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri, posted online an audio recording of a meeting in 1988 between the ayatollah and the “Death Committee” that was appointed to question the prisoners.
Montazeri, who at the time was the heir apparent to the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomeini–who appointed the committee–condemned the killings, telling the members of the committee in Tehran: “I believe this is the greatest crime committed in the Islamic Republic since the [1979] revolution and history will condemn us for it…. History will write you down as criminals.”
“Mr. Raisi was one of the officials who signed those execution orders,” Ebadi told CHRI. “He is even identified by name on Ayatollah (Hosseinali) Montazeri’s tape recording.”
The prisoners, who had already been sentenced, did not know they were facing death when they then faced the inquisition-like proceedings held by the committees, which operated in Tehran and around the country.
In Tehran, the prisoners were executed after one meeting in which members of the committee asked them questions about their religious and political beliefs.
Ebadi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her defense of human rights in Iran, also criticized President Rouhani for failing to defend human rights during his first term, which began in 2013.
“Unfortunately, the current president and the other candidates don’t have an acceptable human rights record either,” said Ebadi. “Mr. Rouhani cannot escape responsibility and blame the judiciary for the fact that the Intelligence Ministry under his administration has ordered the arrests of many journalists and civil rights activists.” 
“One of them is my colleague, Narges Mohammadi, who has been in prison for many years because of charges brought by the Intelligence Ministry,” she said. 
“We must not forget this and many other cases and just blame the judiciary.”
“Also, when Mr. Mirsalim was the minister of culture and Islamic guidance, he was nicknamed ’the butcher’ for banning books and newspapers,” she added. “Mr. Ghalibaf’s astronomical abuses of power are truly a shame on the Tehran municipality’s hard-working staff.”
Continued Ebadi: “People are always left to choose (a president) between bad and worse because of the Guardian Council’s strict vetting of candidates.”
The 12-man conservative Guardian Council, an unelected clerical body in charge of vetting all presidential candidates, rejected 1630 out of the record-number of 1636 people who applied to run for president in 2017, including all female and religious minorities.

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Atena Daemi The Child Labour Activist Imprisoned In Evin Prison, Is On Her 26 Days Of Hunger Strike . Does Anyone Care !!??


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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Five Iranian Kurdish Political Parties : We Are Boycotting The Elections

According to news by Radio Farda, five Iranian Kurdish Political party's have signed a statement and boycotted the coming presidential election under Islamic regime.

Those political party's are:
Democratic Party Of Kurdistan
 Kumaleh Labours of The Kurdistan
 Kurdistan Kumaleh of  Iran
 Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran
Khabat Organization Of the Kurdistan of Iran
Kumaleh Branch Of the Kumunist Party Of Iran


The Website of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran said; The coming presidential election which is being held by the Islamic regime  can't be called as a free election " under any modern and democratic values " .

While the political parties are prevented from doing any political activities and free expression in Iran  under Islamic regime is a crime , and the Kurdish people are deprived from their rights , then participation in the election means to take away the Kurdish people's rights to decide on their own destiny and it also means to agree with the continuation of the Islamic Regime dictatorship..

These opposition political parties asked from the Kurdish citizens not to participate in the presidential and city council's .

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Majles, has stressed the necessity of reforming Iran's execution law.


Dr. Jalil Rahimi Jahanabadi, secretary of the Judicial Commission of the Iranian Majles, has stressed the necessity of reforming Iran's execution law. "The execution issue has itself become a harm," Jahanabadi stated.
In a conversation with a politics reporter from Iranian Students’ News Agency’s Khorasan bureau, Jahanabadi – who represents Taybad, Torbat-e Jam, and Salahebad – stressed that the drug issue had become a widespread social harm. “Between 60% of our prisoners are incarcerated for drug-related crimes such as robbery, homicide stemming from addiction, sales and purchases, trafficking, and so on. A harm this immense and widespread can’t be remedied easily.”
Jahanabadi took up the matter of reforming Iran’s drug law: “Reform of the law is crucial, because the execution issue has itself become a harm. When the punishment for drug trafficking was first established, the intent was to reduce access to and contamination by drugs. But the statistics show that it isn’t difficult to access drugs, and that the harm done by addiction and controlled substances isn’t being reduced. It’s therefore necessary to take a second look at the damage done by executions.”
“The reforms taken up by the Majles in the form of the amendments to the Anti-Narcotics Law mostly have in mind organized international crime rings, armed groups, and persons with a history of trafficking who, with certain conditions, again take up trafficking.” Jahanabadi, who is also a member of the Majles’s Sunni Commission. said that it’s necessary to review Iran’s policies in recent decades: “Let’s identify our strong points and weak points in order to move toward reinforcing the former and changing the latter.” “With the help of centers of higher learning and by collaborating with the judicial, intelligence, and security sectors, we’re in the process of wrapping things up so that we can remedy part of this problem,” he added.
“This isn’t to be considered outright abolition of capital punishment, but rather a move to make execution more targeted and direct it toward the major, dangerous, and influential trafficking groups. In fact we want to use this opportunity for reform to provide for parts of society which may gave been tainted by problems like poverty, unemployment in border areas, and problems at the social level.” Jahanabadi stressed that “Let’s not leave a family damaged and unsupervised in society by executing one person. At present, we have an extraordinarily high number of families of those who have been executed have met woeful ends in society. The philosophy behind imprisonment and punishment generally is to reform and discipline. It seems, however, that some of these instances of capital punishment have not been effective or deterrent.”
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